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In Brown's Wake

More than half a century after Brown v. Board of Education, the importance of the Supreme Court ruling can't be understated. And yet increasing segregation in schools and inequities in the quality of education for many students of color leave us questioning whether we the ultimate result of Brown will be, or was ever intended to be, integration. In her new book, "In Brown's Wake," the Dean of Harvard Law School, Martha Minow examines the reverberations of the landmark case in American schools beyond questions of race. She argues that the decision inspired movements in schools from disability rights to immigrant rights. Underlying it all, educators and policy makers grapple with whether equal education always amounts to all-inclusive classrooms.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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